Monday, November 25, 2019

Randy Brecker and Brian Lynch earn nominations in the 62nd GRAMMY® Awards

Two of the world's most important musicians (that "happen" to be two of my favorite trumpet players in the cirrent jazz scene), Randy Brecker and Brian Lynch, received GRAMMY nominations today!

For Brian Lynch, his two 2020 GRAMMY® nominations bring the artist to a total of six nominations throughout his fruitful career.  In addition, Lynch won a GRAMMY® for his 2006 release Simpático. 
2019’s The Omni-American Book Club: My Journey Through Literature in Music, released on Hollistic MusicWorks on August 29th, 2019, is an expansive album of music for large ensemble (“big band”) composed and arranged by Lynch and featuring his work as soloist alongside an all star cast of special guests including Regina Carter, Donald Harrison, NEA Jazz Master Dave Liebman, GRAMMY® Award winner Dafnis Prieto, Orlando “Maraca” Valle, and Jim Snidero.

Throughout the album, Lynch connects his lifelong passion for reading and the books that have shaped his life with his original music. The books that have shaped Lynch’s consciousness, and thus his music, have been myriad, and his dedications for the music of The Omni-American Book Club reflect both the diversity and the focus of his reading interests.

Lynch’s “Crucible For Crisis”, an Afro-Caribbean jazz infusion featuring drummer/Grammy laureate Dafnis Prieto and virtuoso flautist Orlando “Maraca” Valle, is nominated for Best Instrumental Composition.
Jazz icon Randy Brecker receives his 19th GRAMMY® nomination on the Best Improvised Jazz Solo category, for the composition “Sozinho” off of his recent release Rocks by Randy Brecker & NDR Big Band.

Brecker has won 6 GRAMMY® awards over the course of his illustrious career. Brecker’s latest release Rocks features the Hamburg Jazz Orchestra with guests David Sanborn, Ada Rovatti and Wolfgang Haffner.

Rocks came to fruition after 2 successful tours finding Randy Brecker fronting the NDR BigBand, (The Hamburg Radio Jazz Orchestra), with arranger Jörg Achim Keller conducting his arrangements of Randy Brecker compositions from different periods of Randy's career.

Original Brecker Brothers Band frontline member, alto saxophonist David Sanborn was brought in, along with Ada Rovatti on tenor and soprano saxophones, and world famous drummer Wolfgang Haffner. The end results are wonderfully organic big band arrangements which don't alter the conception of the original ideas behind Randy Brecker's compositions, but add to it in a most refreshing way. Along with the other incredible soloists who are regular members of the NDR BigBand, this CD is one that will stand the test of time.

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